site search by freefind
MotorBar: 1200+ unique in-depth car reviews. Plus travel & destinations, and 1000 DVD and CD reviews. Online for 14 years. Written by experts.
Black Horse Canyon
Black Horse Canyon“A former ranch-hand and his younger
  partner set out to stock their own
  ranch from a herd of wild horses that
  roam the plains, coming into competition
  with two neighbours — a young woman
  who both men want and who once
  captured the leader, a handsome black
  stallion called Outlaw; and the other a
  ruthless rancher who will kill Outlaw if
  he cannot have him in the enjoyable
  Western Black Horse Canyon..
.”

TIRED OF WORKING FOR OTHER PEOPLE, ranch hand Del "Rock" Rockwell (Joel McCrea: Foreign Correspondent; Cattle Drive) settles on his own ranch with young Ti (Race Gentry), whom he found working in a saloon as a young boy and took on as his partner, and they begin looking for stock from the band of wild horses that roam the plains.

Free to anyone who can capture and tame them, the herd is led by a fabulous black stallion and Rock and Ti have him firmly in their sights; but Outlaw is also being tracked by two other local ranch owners Aldis Spain (Mari Blanchard: McLintock), who used to own Outlaw, and ruthless Harry Jennings (Murvyn Vye: Road To Bali), who accuses Rock of stealing his horses that have mysteriously found their way out of his corral.

An enjoyable Western,
Black Horse Canyon
gallops along at a fine
pace with real-life
cowboy Joel McCrea in
the saddle presiding over
the gunplay and
attractive Mari Blanchard
providing the love
interest...”
Aldis lives with her uncle, "Doc" (Irving Bacon), and young Mexican girl Juanita (the enchanting Pilar del Rey). Although at first Aldis is antagonistic towards Rock and Ti, she sympathises with Ti and befriends him.

He mistakenly believes that Aldis wants more from him than just friendship and when Rock realises that he is also in love with Aldis and gets close to her, his relationship with Ti falls apart and the younger man walks away from their partnership.

Coming up against Jennings, Rock is dismayed that the other rancher will kill the stallion if he cannot capture him and Aldis and Rock manage to track Outlaw to Echo Canyon The Canyon of A Thousand Horses. But will they be able to get the stallion safely away before Jennings and his men find them? And will Ti return to the ranch to help to tame the stallion?

An enjoyable Western, Black Horse Canyon gallops along at a fine pace with real-life cowboy Joel McCrea in the saddle presiding over the gunplay and attractive Mari Blanchard providing the love interest.

Black Horse Canyon also features: John Pickard as Duke; and Ewing Mitchell as Sheriff.

Musical Direction by Joseph Gershenson; Costumes by Bill Thomas; Director of Photography is George Robinson; Screenplay by Geoffrey Homes; Adaptation by David Lang; Based on the novel The Wild Horse by Les Savage Jr; Produced by John W Rogers; and Directed by Jesse Hibbs.

* Black Horse Canyon is released on DVD in the UK, courtesy of Simply Media, on 16 May 2016. Certificate: U | Year: 1954 | Running Time: 78 Minutes | Catalogue Number: 164451 | RRP: 12.99.

"An enjoyable Western, Black Horse Canyon gallops along at a fine pace with real-life cowboy Joel McCrea in the saddle presiding over the gunplay and attractive Mari Blanchard providing the love interest" ~ Maggie Woods